BILLBOARD AND CMA RE-TEAM FOR COUNTRY MUSIC SUMMIT

The Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association, will take place Monday – Tuesday, June 6-7 in Nashville. Like last year, the Summit will kick off activities leading up to the annual CMA Music Festival, which will be held June 9-12 in Nashville and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities. Programming will focus on the most important issues affecting artists, songwriters, managers, agents, promoters, label executives, music publishers, radio programmers and all those closely associated with the Country Music business. Panels and round tables will include “Content Creation in the New Digital Marketplace,” Why Country Radio Thrives While Other Formats Fight for Their Lives,” “Touring Saturation: Are We There Yet?” and “New Business Models Under a Microscope.” Other sessions will examine digital marketing and sponsorship/branding initiatives.

The summit will also feature a developing-artist case study and keynote Q&As with Country Music Superstars. Last year’s inaugural Summit drew more than 400 registrants and featured some of the Country Music Industry’s most influential executives, as well as artists such as Gary Allan, Big Kenny, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton.

“With so many industry people gathered in Nashville in June to participate in CMA Music Festival, it is a great time for everyone to come together and share ideas at the second Country Music Summit,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

“Last year’s inaugural event was invigorating, and Billboard is excited to once again partner with CMA on this second summit,” said Bill Werde, Billboard Executive Director. “We plan to fit seamlessly into the week’s activities and look forward to providing the industry with a great forum for discussion.”

For information on registration rates and sponsorship opportunities for the Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, visit countrymusicsummit.com.

For information on the 2011 CMA Music Festival, including ticket information, artists performing, schedules, and more, visit CMAfest.com.

Logo Artwork Provided by Country Music Association

© 2011 Country Music Association

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